Lot 0310: Wireless Set No. 38 (UK)
Wireless Set No. 38 was developed in 1942 as a short-range infantry manpack. It was a five-valve set covering the 7.4 to 9 MHz Frequency range with a range of 1 mile using a 12ft rod for direct communication between tank commanders (for use alongside the Wireless Set No. 19) and infantry patrols and infantry tank communications.
Although early versions had no junction box, a very early revision introduced it. Possibly for ease of body worn installation This set has the throat microphone and headphones by means of a Junction Box.
Sets as compact as the WS38 were a relatively new concept in 1940, a few sets had been developed in the 1930s using VHF, but possibly through lack of understanding of higher frequencies and how they worked in the field they were not adopted. WS38 was developed in 1941, ideas from the Signals Experimental Establishment and the well-respected Murphy radio company. It was and powered by a large dry cell battery carried in a separate haversack kIt proved a great success with wartime production in the order of 187,000 units. Production being by both the Murphy radio company and RGD (Radio Gram Developments). Like many sets it remained in use post-war.
There was also vehicle mounted set No. 38AFV which was used in conjunction with the WS19.
The compact short-range infantry manpack in working condition!
Frequency Range: 7.4-9.2MHz.
Power: 0.2 watts
Weight: 22 Ib (10KG)
Range: Up to 1 mile
Location: Creil the Netherlands
Condition: Will be delivered in working condition
Permits: No specific permits required
Between € 1.000 and € 1.500